Britten Pears Arts delivers projects across East Suffolk to support the health and wellbeing of individuals and to strengthen communities. We create opportunities for local from all backgrounds and genres to build their music leadership skills in a variety of settings. Through training and experience delivered by skilled practitioners, we are keen to connect and support a diverse pool of artists to help us deliver our work in the local community.

Trainee Music Leadership Programme with Spitalfields Music – APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN

(closing date Wednesday 5 October, 9am)

The Spitalfields Music Trainee Music Leader Scheme is a paid, practical training programme for musicians of all genres who are passionate about creative music making in community settings. The Trainee Music Leader Scheme is one of the most prestigious and well-respected schemes of its kind. Since its inception in 2003, many of the UK’s foremost workshop leaders have trained on the scheme and credit it with giving them the broad base of experience, skills and contacts to develop their successful careers in the music education sector.

Spitalfields Music and Britten Pears Arts are offering one traineeship for a musician based in the East of England. An opportunity to gain real experience, reflect on practice, and observe and learn from experienced music leaders in a supportive environment, this placement is for creative and skilled musicians (singers, composers, instrumentalists or music technologists) from any genre wishing to develop their skills as a creative music workshop leader.

Key dates:

  • Online Q&A: Thursday 22 September, 12.30-13.30
  • Application deadline: Wednesday 5 October, 9am
  • Group Auditions: Monday 17 October
The sessions created an honest and non-judgemental space to talk about hopes, fears and ideas for leading in the community. The training sessions were truly inspirational, delivered in a workshop format so you got to experience games, songs and activities as a participant, and you left with an extended music leading toolkit.

Charly Jolly, Trainee Music Leader 2021-22

For any questions, please email